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Viral meningitis case confirmed at St. Louis school

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One case of viral meningitis has been confirmed at Carr Lane Visual and Performing Arts Middle School. (Credit: KMOV) One case of viral meningitis has been confirmed at Carr Lane Visual and Performing Arts Middle School. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

One case of viral meningitis has been confirmed at Carr Lane Visual and Performing Arts Middle School on Jefferson Avenue.

St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) Spokesman Patrick Wallace said the case was reported to the school on Tuesday, and they contacted the health department for help.

Custodians from other SLPS locations were called in to help disinfect the building Tuesday night, according to Wallace.

“We do have the man power and the resources to rise to the occasion to make sure our building is properly cleaned when they come in tomorrow,” said Wallace.

Wallace said the school sent letters home with students and parents got automated calls Tuesday night.

Viral meningitis is the most common type of meningitis, according to the CDC.

The CDC’s website says it’s often less severe than bacterial meningitis and most people get better on their own, but it advises if you think you have symptoms you should get checked out.

Symptoms according to the CDC can include: fever, headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to bright light, sleepiness or trouble waking up from sleep, nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite and lethargy (a lack of energy).

Wallace said he can’t comment on whether it’s a student or staff member that has viral meningitis due to HIPAA Privacy Laws. However, a family member of the of the person who is sick says she is cafeteria worker, and is in the hospital.

The school is not aware of any other cases.

The school will open as normally scheduled Wednesday morning for staff and students. 

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